Their Compact (1917)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After a woman has destroyed his life, James Van Dyke Moore (Francis X. Bushman) travels out West. He operates a silver mine bequeathed him by his father and discovers that Ace-High Horton (Harry S. Northrup) has been stealing the ore. Moore wins the admiration of Mollie Anderson (Beverly Bayne), who warns him of the thugs that Horton has hired to do him in. Moore's best friend, Robert Forrest (Henry Mortimer), comes out with his new bride, Verda (Mildred Adams), who happens to be the woman who ruined Moore's life. Moore promises to keep Verda's past a secret, which causes problems when she gets involved with Horton. Verda then claims that Moore "annoyed" her in the East, causing a rift between Moore and Forrest. When Horton and Verda run off together, they run into Forrest, and Horton shoots him. Moore becomes a suspect. The runaway couple realize they can't both survive in the desert, and, in a fight, Verda shoots her lover. Moore finds her and brings her back to her dying husband to ease his last moments. When Moore is cleared of the shooting, the townsfolk take Verda to the edge of the desert and point her horse towards the east. Now that his troubles are over, Moore can settle down with Mollie.

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mine, robbery, shoot-out